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Talks & Topics

Hear individuals sharing their own experiences of caring for a person with dementia alongside professionals giving a range of practical advice talks.

As well as talks from carers and persons with dementia, you will hear expert presentations on a range of topics including nutrition, personal budgets, paying for care, Mental Capacity Act and research.

View the 2017 programme below

10.40 – 11.10Hospital Care - including John's CampaignAlzheimer's Society
11.20 – 11.50TBC Mental Capacity Act - A Surgery. This is an open forum to discuss key aspects of the Mental Capacity Act in dementia care, including applying the principles of the MCA, obtaining consent, DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) and lasting Powers of Attorney.TBC Dr James Warner, Chair, Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Medical Director, Red & Yellow Care
12.00 – 12.40Support 'open mic' discussionRachel Niblock, Co-ordinator DEEP - The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project and members of the DEEP network
13.30 – 13.50Making the most of later life. Alison Carter lost her dad to vascular dementia in late 2016. After her dad’s diagnosis, Alison was determined to do all she could to help, and set up a local support service for people affected by dementia. She hopes to raise much-needed awareness about the condition.Alison Carter, Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion
14.00 – 14.30Dementia Keys SweetTree Home Care Services/NDCD
14.40 – 15.00 Keeping Mum: Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s. Marianne Talbot lost both her parents to dementia – her mum to Alzheimer’s and her dad to vascular dementia. Marianne’s mum lived with her for five years until she had to move into a care home six months before her death. Marianne's book ‘Keeping Mum: Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s’ was based on a popular blog she wrote during the years her mum lived with her.Vivienne Hill
15.10 – 15.40Eating difficulties and dementia - practical approaches. Links between nutrition and dementia are known to pre-date diagnosis, and as the disease progresses, eating difficulties can make eating enough a challenge for both the person with dementia and their carers. Alison Smith, Prescribing Support Dietitian, Aylesbury Vale CCG and Chiltern CCG and Committee member, British Dietetic Association Older People Specialist Group
15.50 – 16.20TBCTBC
10.50 – 11.20 TBCTBC
11.15 – 11.45What about the other dementias?Jill Walton
11.50 – 12.20The truth about personal budgets. Alzheimer's Society
12.25 - 12.45My dad's journey with early-onset Alzheimer's. Ciana Ayre’s dad was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, aged 46. She cared for him for many years, along with her mum and sister, before they made the heart-breaking decision to move him to a nursing home. He tragically passed away when Ciana was just 18.Ciana Ayre, Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion
13.20 – 13.50TBCTBC
14.00 – 14.30Who are the CQC and what do we do? An Inspection Manager from the CQC will explain the role CQC plays in ensuring that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high quality care, and encouraging services to improve.Duncan Paterson, Inspection Manager, Care Quality Commission
14.40 – 15.10What to do when a loved one needs help. How to encourage a person with dementia to accept they need help and support, either from friends and family, or from external home care agencies, or even to consider the prospect of a care home. Helpful strategies for having that initial difficult conversation and how to put steps into place to make sure the person receives the care they need.Christina Macdonald, Author, Founder of Dementia Help and Alzheimer’s Show’s Online Editor
15.20 – 15.50Paying for Care – Common queries to a helpline: Pathways Through Dementia. Topics covered: Why we means test people for dementia care. What the Care Act suggested about changes to the way we pay for care. How to find the rules that cover residential care fees. The most common queries received around paying for care.Sara Wilcox, CEO, Pathways Through Dementia